What have you done?
The Darkweb unit and National High Tech Crime Unit of the Dutch National Police have located Hansa Market and taken over control of the marketplace for the last four weeks. We have modified the source code which allowed us to capture cleartext passwords, PGP-encrypted order information, Bitcoins, IP-addresses and other relevant information that may help law enforcement agencies worldwide to identify users of this marketplace.
Secondly, we have used the captured credentials to seize vendor-accounts on other marketplaces.
Why have you done this?
Hansa Market was a darknet market that was primarily used to sell illicit goods. We have chosen to take over this site to collect as much information as possible on its users. Furthermore, we want to send a clear message that using darknet markets is not an anonymous activity.
What will you do with the collected data?
Information on Dutch users will be analysed by the Darkweb unit of the Dutch National Police. The information will be used to identify users and subsequently start new investigations. We will post updates about our efforts on this hidden service.
Information about individuals from other countries has been shared with the appropriate agencies through Europol. It’s up to these agencies what they will do with the information.
Have you de-anonymized TOR?
No. But if we would have, we wouldn’t tell you ;).
I don’t believe you, do you have proof?
My username is on the list of identified buyers, now what?
If your username and residence are on this website, you’re identified as buyer of one or more Dark Markets. This means that your personal details are known to the police and the judicial authorities. It depends on your activities at this underground marketplace what the consequences will be.
If you are a resident of the Netherlands and you bought a small user’s quantity of drugs, no legal action will be taken right now. If you bought larger quantities of drugs, or took up other goods or services, then it is possible an investigation will be initiated.
Vendors of illicit goods and services through Dark Markets are actively tracked down and prosecuted. Under the heading “Arrested” you’ll find a number of examples.
My username is falsely mentioned
If you think that this website mistakenly mentions your username on this website please get in touch with the Dutch police.
How have you identified me?
The Dutch police and judicial authorities actively investigate criminal offences, also at Dark Markets. We don’t make statements about how we do that.
How many Dark Markets’ users have you identified?
This page mentions a couple of hundred identified usernames at the moment.
My username is mentioned as an active vendor, now what?
Vendors of illicit goods and services through Dark Markets are actively tracked down and prosecuted. Under the heading “Arrested” you’ll find a number of examples. If the website mentions you as an active vendor you have our attention.
Is the use of Dark Markets punishable?
Especially illicit goods or services are being advertised at a Dark Market. Offering or taking up these kinds of goods or services is punishable.
How are the police and judicial authorities active at Dark Markets?
The Dutch police and judicial authorities actively investigate criminal offences, also at Dark Markets. We work together with investigation services in other countries, among others through Europol.
What sentence can you get as vendor at Dark Markets?
That depends on the kind of goods or services you offer. In the Netherlands the maximum sentence for international hard drugs trafficking for example is twelve years. For arms trafficking this is eight years.
Can I pass on anonymous information about a vendor at a Dark Market?
Yes, by getting in touch with the Team Criminele Inlichtingen of the Dutch police through +31-(0)79 345 8999. You can also use ‘Meld Misdaad Anoniem’, an independent party who guarantees anonymity at all times.
Are you against TOR?
No, the Dutch police and judicial authorities are not against the anonymous use of the internet, encryption or TOR. We only act when these techniques are being used for committing criminal offences.